Websters Theatre to reopen within weeks for shows but bistro to stay shut for now

By Ian Marland at

There’s good news for culture lovers in the West End – Websters Theatre is to reopen at the end of the month.

The venue has just announced that theatre patrons will be able to visit again following its forced closure last month.

Websters Theatre

Reopening: the theatre has announced an autumn programme

The bar and bistro, however, will remain closed for the immediate future to allow for repairs.

Websters closed at the start of August after a stone fragment fell from the building’s steeple during high winds and heavy rain.

The converted church on Great Western Road only opened to the public last year.

Websters Theatre

Investment: Websters opened last year in the converted church

Operations manager Andy McCartney said news of the partial reopening was welcome.

“Everyone here is delighted that we are now able to reopen the theatre shortly.

“And we will be working as hard as we can to reopen the bar and bistro just as soon as the repairs are carried out.

“A lot of work has gone in to getting us to this stage – and we can’t wait to welcome our patrons back to the theatre.”

Webster Theatre

Birthday: the bistro had just celebrated its first anniversary at the weekend

The nature of the damage to the steeple means the main door entry onto Great Western Road will remain closed.

When the theatre reopens at the end of September, the public will use the North Woodside Road door which is the grand west entrance to the building.

Websters says this original main entrance to Lansdowne Church will make a good permanent entrance to the theatre.

To coincide with news of the opening, the theatre has issued a full autumn programme of shows (see end of post)

Websters opened in Glasgow architect John Honeyman’s Category ‘A’ listed Lansdowne Church in recent years and has been steadily gaining in popularity.

Its bistro had just celebrated its first anniversary since opening when the theatre was forced to close.

Webster Theatre

Websters: the theatre is in the converted Landsdowne Church

The Four Acres Charitable Trust has been working with the Church of Scotland for several years to try and establish a long term use for the building.

Many new features have been added this year to make the venue an appealing theatre space.

An outside beer garden recently opened and a new heating system and outdoor lighting have been installed.

The new bar, restaurant and theatre is named after the designer of the stained glass Alf Webster.

John Honeyman’s Lansdowne Church is one of Glasgow’s finest church buildings, a unique landmark in the Victorian city.

AUTUMN PROGRAMME:

Martin Petrov Film Festival 8-29 September and 1 October

Follow Through, comedy play by Tram Direct 30 September

Tommy Smith Quartet Celebrate John Coltrane 2 October

Shoogalie Road Variety night 6-7 October

Aisling Meadhan Oidhche Smahraidh/ Midsummer Nights Dream and Togail Nàiseant/ Building a Nation 13-14 October

To Love Somebody Melancholy 15 October-

Booze 26-28 October

On Any Given Night 29 October

Mad Props theatre 30 October – 4 November

West College Scotland shows 5-10 November

Gary Faulds, Welcome to Seshlehem 11 November

Rope 14-18 November

Dance School of Scotland 20-26 November

Panto – Jackie and the Baked Bean Stalk 27 November -31 December